Spice Cake ~1905

Spice Cake Recipe. This spice cake comes out something like a coffee cake. Not overly sweet and mild. Spice Cake No. 2 looks to be a bit spicier! The raisins are a nice touch. Big hit with The Daughter and The Son. Ingredients 3 cups gluten-free flour, sifted (regular flour if you're so inclined) 2... Continue Reading →

Habits of Economy ~1800

Gravy, Broth, or Soup. Do you save your drippings? If so, what do you use them for? Here's an excerpt on saving drippings and broths to make soup and collect grease for frying. In our household, I save chicken drippings for soup all of the time. Here's the most recent addition: You can see the... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday ~1914

Yuban Advertisement 1914 Happy Monday! An entirely new idea of how good coffee can be! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Coffee Monday: Malt Coffee 1905 Common Sense Papers on Cookery Overview L’Eau de la Vie Recipe 1837

The Daily Menu August ~1914

Happy Friday! Here's a little inspiration for your meals today. When's the last time you made tapioca? It's been well-over a year for our household. Adding it to the grocery list now... More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks War and Potatoes ~1917 Classic: Broiled Salmon ~1922 Household Management: 4 Cultures 1915

Snits and Knepp ~1910

Snits and Knepp Recipe. Any snits un knepp fans out there? The above recipe comes from the 1910 Horace Kephart book, Camp Cookery. It is, after the fashion of so many early recipes collections, a little sparse on the details. Wikipedia comes in handy with the following description: Schnitz un knepp, often spelled schnitz un gnepp,... Continue Reading →

Melon Conduciveness ~1904

Eating Melon. The premise is thus: Not all melons are ripe when you cut them open, so to make them edible, first take out a small slice; next, pour in sherry, champagne, or brandy. Replace the slice, rotate the melon gently to make sure the liquor is evenly distributed. Chill. Serve. Cantaloup obviously has a... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday ~1920

Three Ways to Filter Coffee. Happy Monday! Wouldn't it be wonderful if that coffee pot on the left was shown to-size with the woman in the center? Ahh... I could handle any Monday! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Five Recipes for Sour Milk ~1917 Caramels and Popcorn ~1908 Rules for Eating ~1866  

Catchup ~1780

Catchup Recipe. How to make it in the best manner. Today's recipe does not make it into the 5 ingredients or less category. Lots of condiments get labeled as 'ketchup' in antique cookbooks. Chiefly, a mushroom concoction appears by the mid to late 1800s. The recipe below is the first I've seen that: (1) uses... Continue Reading →

Strawberry Wine ~1780

Strawberry Wine Recipe. Still strawberry season here. Time to try something new? This recipe comes from the Farmer's Wife, circa 1780. For other home winemakers out there, this recipe is a treat. The recipe calls for yeast inoculation by spreading two sides of bread with the yeast and setting it on top of the primary... Continue Reading →

Service for Summer Fruits ~1906

1900s Summer Fruit Service. Did you ever wonder how to serve your summer berries? Well, in the berry bowl, of course! Enjoy~ More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Summer Dining ~1897 American Wild Fruits ~1910 How to Make Ice Cream ~1866

Chili Meat 1938

Sunset Chili Recipe. Today's recipe comes from a fun cookbook, a 1938 Sunset Kitchen Cabinet Cook Book. All of the margins include cartoons detailing the steps in the recipe. Here's the one for chili: I always enjoy compilation cookbooks, where the contributors submit recipes and then sign off on the bottom - gives recipes a... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday: Maxwell House 1919

Happy Monday! The hat says 'Father Knickerbocker' which was the name of one of Washington Irving's friends around 1800 who was a character in Irving's first book. The name also became eponymous for knickerbockers as a piece of clothing that the character wore - not to the hat, as one might imagine in this image, but rather to... Continue Reading →

Rice Muffins ~1910

Rice Muffin Recipe. Ever on the lookout for new rice recipes, this one caught my eye. It's a little skimpy on the specifics, so let's try to update, shall we? I'm adding the last 2 ingredients for a little flavor. It doesn't use baking powder, so I omitted as well and hoped for the best... Continue Reading →

Skilligalee ~1910

Skilly Soup Recipe. Today's post is as much a feast of colorful vocabulary as it is one of food. I can't easily find the origin of skilligalee, but it comes up as a thin broth or porridge, quite the opposite of the description below. There's a fabulous thread about it here on the Campfire Cooking forum... Continue Reading →

American Wild Fruits ~1910

List of Seasonal American Wild Fruits. Any regional favorites on this list? Any new ones? I've never heard of the Scarlet Thorn. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Medicinal Preparations And Herbs, Which Every Family Ought To Keep On Hand ~1856/2017 Cures: Teething, Scurvy, Rattlesnakes, Etc. ~1856 Chocolate and a Mysterious Ending ~1856

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